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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD -Something has arisen since yesterday. An honorable senator who was going to vote with the Government has intimated to me that he cannot be present on Friday.

Senator Clemons - Who?

Senator PLAYFORD - Senator Walker.

Senator Clemons - I believe that he will be willing to stay until to-morrow rather than have the elections postponed for three days.

Senator Macfarlane - He is paired.

Senator PLAYFORD - I see Senator Walker at the table, but I have not had an opportunity of speaking to him this morning.

Senator Walker - I told the honorable senator that I could not come here until Wednesday.

Senator Millen - I cannot be here on Tuesday.

Senator Clemons - Let the Minister withdraw his notice of motion and make the call for to-morrow, so that we may get on with business.

Senator PLAYFORD - Will any honorable senator who, under ordinary circumstances, would vote the other way if Senator Walker were absent, vote with us so as to make up the statutory majority?

Senator Clemons - I believe that the Minister could get Senator Walker to stay until to-morrow if he asked him to do so.

Senator PLAYFORD - I am not quite sure that he would. I am doubtful whether some honorable members will be present to-morrow.

Senator Higgs - Why not make a call for both days?

Senator PLAYFORD - I shall be quite willing to do so if it can be done. I am extremely anxious to take a division on Friday, because if it were taken then it would not necessitate a postponement of the elections.

Senator Walker - I shall remain until to-morrow.

Senator PLAYFORD - After the Bills have gone through I shall move that a call of the Senate be made on Friday.

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